Putnam County Prosecutor Gary Lammers (above left) and Incumbant Judge Mike Borer both filed paperwork last Thursday to run on the Democrat ticket for Putnam County Probate Judge. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Putnam County Prosecutor Gary Lammers (above left) and Incumbant Judge Mike Borer both filed paperwork last Thursday to run on the Democrat ticket for Putnam County Probate Judge. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

OTTAWA — Putnam County Democrats will have at least one contested race to decide during the primary election on May 6.

Incumbent Judge Michael Borer and a challenger, Putnam County Prosecutor Gary Lammers, both filed candidate petitions last Friday, Jan. 3, for the Democrat race for Juvenile and Probate Judge.

As of Tuesday, Feb. 4, at noon, no other individuals have filed for the race, according to the Putnam County Board of Elections.

The deadline for filing a partisan petition for the May 6, 2014 Primary Election is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. This is also the deadline to file issues for the May election.

An Independent candidate has until the day before the May 6 primary to file to be a candidate in the general election in November. This is true for all open positions on the ballot.

Borer was first appointed to the bench by former Gov. Ted Strickland at the retirement of Judge Daniel Gerschutz in 2011. He was then elected to the remainder of the term in 2012. Borer has also worked as an assistant county prosecutor and served as solicitor for five county villages.

Lammers was first elected as county prosecutor in 2004. He also served as the county’s juvenile prosecutor from 1990 to 2000. He served as the magistrate for the Columbus Grove Mayor’s Court and as solicitor for the Village of Kalida for several years.

The winner of this judge race will appear as a non-partisant candidate on the November ballot.

Incumbent Putnam County Auditor Robert Benroth has also filed to run on the Republican May Primary ticket for re-election to his position. As of Tuesday no one else had filed for the position in either party.

Also up for election is the commissioner position now filled by Democrat John Love. On Tuesday, Love said he intended to file yet that day to run for his third term as a Putnam County Commissioner.

The only county-wide race on the May primary is a new 1.60 mill ten-year levy for the purpose of Brookhill Center’s operation and support of services for individuals with developmental disabilities along with Brookhill Center’s maintenance and repair of public buildings.

Two overlap school issues are on the ballog. Patrick Hnry School is running a 1.9 mill permanent improvement replacement levy that is continuing. McComb School is running a .5 percent five-year renewal income tax levy.

story created on Monday 2/3/2014 at 4:48:43 pm by Nancy Kline